ALBANY, N.Y. - Attorneys
general in Oregon and nine other states want the U.S. Senate to block legislation
that would allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed firearms across state
The attorneys generals
have sent letters to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader
Mitch McConnell. They argue the legislation would restrict states' ability to
control gun permits inside their borders, forcing them to recognize permits
from states with weak oversight.
The other attorneys
general are from California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Nevada and New York, along with Pennsylvania's attorney
New York Attorney
General Eric Schneiderman says 68 percent of the guns used in New York crimes
last year were traced to other states.
The bill is supported by the National Rifle Association, which says it
lets owners protect themselves in other states.